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ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 Preview

17 July 2018 15:44

The CS:GO Premier 2018 takes centre stage on Saturday 21st July as eight of the world’s best teams battle it out at the G-FUEL ELEAGUE Arena, Atlanta, in front of a packed audience. They are vying for the right to be crowned champions and receive a majority share of the $1 million prize pool.

The Format

The eight competing CS:GO teams have all received direct invites to Atlanta, and have been split into two double-elimination groups of four. All matches are best-of-three over the five-day group stage, with the top two teams from each group progressing through to the playoffs.

The four remaining teams then face off in single-elimination bracket playoffs after a two-day break, with best-of-three semi-finals followed by a show-stopping, best-of-five grand final. Teams will be competing in the Inferno, Mirage, Dust2, Train, Overpass, Cache and Nuke maps over the course of the tournament.

Who is Competing?

The participating teams are shown below in their two groups, along with their odds of winning the tournament outright:

Group A

  • Astralis – 5/4
  • Team Liquid – 10/1
  • MIBR – 10/1
  • Cloud9 – 20/1

Group B

  • FaZe Clan – 9/2
  • Natus Vincere – 5/1
  • mousesports – 12/1
  • Fnatic – 14/1

The Teams Worth Backing in Atlanta

A European region is odds-on at 1/6 to go all the way, with a team from North America slightly more unfancied at 7/2. Astralis begin proceedings against Cloud9 in Group A on Day One, before Team Liquid and MIBR lock horns hours later. Natus Vincere open their campaign against Fnatic the following day, with FaZe Clan and mousesports completing the opening round.

The first matches are bound to be important in a tournament of this format, with teams looking to get off to a strong start against stiff opposition. All teams possess the experience, pedigree and knowhow to potentially go all the way, so it will be fascinating to see who can hold their nerve in those vital, match-changing moments.

Astralis, favourites with many bookmakers to hold the trophy aloft, have a quintet of quality Danish players carrying the hopes of their loyal fanbase. They’ve been in impressive form recently, winning the ELEAGUE Major: Atlanta and ELEAGUE Clash for Cash: The Rematch titles. Captained by 23-year-old rifler Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander, the European team have also won three Premier tournaments this year, including DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018.

Elsewhere, Natus Vincere look like a dangerous proposition in Group B, despite being behind rivals FaZe Clan in the pre-tournament betting stakes. With Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko within their ranks - an experienced 30-year-old Ukrainian still widely regarded as one of the best players on the circuit - the CS:GO heavyweights may take some stopping if they are on top of their game in front of the passionate live audience.

Zeus’ teammate Denis “electronic” Sharipov was influential in helping Natus Vincere go all the way at ESL One: Cologne 2018. The 19-year-old rifler was a consistent, trustworthy performer in the grand final, displaying maturity beyond his years with a match-high ADR (Average Damage per Round) of 95.8 and KAST (percentage of rounds the player registered a kill, assist, survived or was traded) of 75.7% - both figures surpassing his teammates and opposition.

Do you think Astralis or Natus Vincere will emerge victorious, or can you see another team conquering all before them at CS:GO Premier 2018? Let us know what you think on Facebook and Twitter!

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Updated on: 2018-10-03

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